my baby is already 6months and i want to start training him on sippy cup. any suggestions?

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Krista - posted on 05/26/2009

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My kids never had sippy cups, I think of them as a glorified bottle! I started my kids on a real cup at 6 months old, with water and they did great! A cup in the tub works well for teaching them to tip the cup up for drinking. Isn't a sippy cup a sippy cup? They all are the same...

Dena - posted on 05/24/2009

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The first time I gave my son a sippy cup, I left out the non spill valve for a couple of minutes. That way he knew what was suppose to come out. He figured out pretty quickly that he would have to suck to get it out. I never gave him juice in a bottle either. If he wanted it, it came in a sippy cup!

Rebecca - posted on 05/24/2009

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i agree with the others get a cup with a soft teet and put a lil water or juice in the cup so it not to heavy for your baby to swing around then just give him/her the cup and keep encouranging them to drink from it by putting it by their mouth, i gave my daughter a cup at 6 months old it only took a few days before she was drinking out of it properly.

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Penny - posted on 05/31/2009

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Yes Yes and Yes... start now... NUBY Sippy cups are great! Get the ones with the little handles on both sides so they learn how to not only hold the cup to their mouth but control the tilt.

Brandy - posted on 05/27/2009

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My baby went straight from the boob to a sippy cup. I started letting her taste my drinks with a straw. Then I bought her no spill cups with built in straws. After she mastered that I gave her regular sippy cups. Hope this helps.

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Instead of going directly from the soft/mushy nipple of a bottle to the hard plastic nipple of most sippy cups I found these sippy cups from Nuby that has a rubber nipple that is shapped like a sippy cups top. My son took to them easily and at about 15 months he was easily able to switch to the hard topped cups.

Debbie - posted on 05/27/2009

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my daughter started on her sippy cup at 4 months just keep trying nad be patient...

Eilizabeth - posted on 05/27/2009

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My daughter is five months & I have already introduced her to her first sippy cup. Something with a soft mouth/drinking piece & handles works best is what I have discovered. Maybe, start off by putting formula in it and then gradually introduce him to juice once he gets the hang of it.

Janelle - posted on 05/27/2009

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My suggestion would be to buy a avent sippy cup with the handles. That is what I started my kids out with. It has a unique mouth peice that is very small and fits into their mouth easily. Another thing you may try is putting their formula or milk into the sippy cup and let them try it that way.

Megan - posted on 05/27/2009

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I would just start giving the sippy cup at meals and in the stroller. If he refuses it keep trying.

Lana - posted on 05/27/2009

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When my little girl was six months old I successfully switched her from the bottle to the sippy cup. I had boughten a small sippy cup, it only held 4 through 6 ounces. It had a soft little part where she drank from and I found the one with the two handles to be the most helpful for her. Just keep looking you can find sippy cups made for six months old. Switching her at six months was the best thing that I have ever done. It did take her a few days to learn how to use it and in the beginining I had to hold it for her just to so she understood how it worked, but in the end it was all worth it. Because at six months she wasn't stuck to the bottle, she just switched over and never even asked for the bottle again.

Teresa - posted on 05/27/2009

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I agree with the soft and two handed cups. I would add that you should put the drinks he likes the most in the cup and save the bottle for drinks he doesn't. He will soon know cup = yummy and Bottle = yucky. And Don't give him a bottle at bed time, or this will never work! :)

Stephanie - posted on 05/26/2009

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We used the Advent bottles and they make sippy cups as well and you can just insert the sippy part in the the bottle ring and they would be holding the bottle but drinking out the the sippy part. Worked for us real easy.

Farah - posted on 05/26/2009

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I work as a teacher in toddlers section it's a good start to do that go for it and let hi ready to use a spoon to redirect not forcing if u force a child it will not be ended n he/she will not try it again

Kerry - posted on 05/26/2009

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I gave my son a sippy cup from 6 months, it didn't take long for him to figure it out by himself, I don't recommend putting juice or flavoured drinks in the cup as this can lead to tooth decay, just water or milk is best :-)

Holly - posted on 05/26/2009

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I got the Avent one from Babies R Us with the flexible, soft white lip and my baby loves it! He took right to it and this is the same baby who won't take a bottle or paci!!

Liz - posted on 05/26/2009

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my girls are four months old and I bought them some bottles that have handles on the sides - the brand is called Nuby. So they are now used to holding up their bottles to get a drink - and I will slowly add juice/water/etc to the BOTTLE and then once they are used to the bottle with handles and something other then milk then I will switch to a sippy cup with a soft tip - hope that helps

Jacqui - posted on 05/26/2009

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Regarding to Vanessa Trudgett's comment.... I don't agree...Babies at times do need to be trained, as so as a toddler Eg: toilet training....they learn from what they have been taught...

Krys - posted on 05/26/2009

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there are sippy cups from the ages of 6months, they have a soft mouth piece and have handles on them.. just go to you local baby store and ask for them, theyll be able to suggest what to start them off on.

Jenni - posted on 05/26/2009

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i wouldn't push the issue... my son didn't drink well from a sippy until around 9 months... just make it available to him but dont force the issue... in the beginning i would hold it up for him to try sipping... that way he got the idea of what it was used for... just give him plenty of time to practice

Jaime - posted on 05/26/2009

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my suggestion would be to get one with two handles with a wide top. my sons started sippy cups at 6 months. its much easier to wean them off the bottle if they like the sippy cup. and only give to him once a day at first.

Jessica - posted on 05/26/2009

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Quoting Mary Ann:

I gave my daughter a small sippy cup with handles on both sides when she was 6 months old, and helped her a few times to take a drink. The first time she got choked; then she dribbled it all down her front. After that she got the hang of it, and next thing you know she basically took it away from me and started drinking from it herself!



I just gave my 6 month old son this last week a sippy cup with handles. He took it and drank right from it. Then like you said the next couple of times it just dripped out of his mouth. LOL! So funny to watch because the look on his face is priceless. He is a go getter and he took that sippy cup from me and wouldn't give it back. I introduced water down juice in a bottle first so he would get used to the taste of the juice first. Also now when I'm drinking water out of the bottle he will reach for it and he will actually drink out of the bottle. I agree with the DIXIE cup thing also. It works--- kids are a lot smarter than you think they are.

Jacqui - posted on 05/26/2009

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Hi Johalynne...Hows the cup going?? I never had a problem....All four of my children started around 6 mths on a HARD sipper cup with handles on each side ....I found by using a hard cup doesn't confuse the child ...they enjoy being independent...Water by sipper cup was given while feeding solids .... breast or bottle before bed...Good luck

Cathy - posted on 05/26/2009

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my mom thought it was cute I could drink from sippy cup at 6 months resulted in thumb sucking until in teens babies need that sucking action from a bottle don't rush

Christina - posted on 05/26/2009

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The soft nipple-like sippy cups are very easy to adjust to (I don't recommend Nuby brand, b/c the nipple thing leaks like crazy if it's not lined up perfectly with the notches. I get a generic brand with the same type that works great. They have them at Walgreens, Dollar General, etc.). My girls both started using a sippy around 4 months. However, if you can get yours to use a completely plastic sippy, I recommend that route. It is much easier to find one in a bind than to find a rubber nippled sippy; they spoil to that so easily b/c it's so much like a nipple and can be hard to transition out of it. Really becomes a problem when they start chewing on them and biting through it.

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Quoting becky:

hi , your baby should be still on a bottle because of the milk that he is drinking , you should put him on a sippy cup at about 12 months old .that is when my daughters starting using the sippy cup ,they were able to hold it better.



You can put breast milk / formula in a sippy....



After we had introduced the sippy with water in it for a few months, we started using it for one or two formula feedings per day.  When it came time to take the bottle away, it was such an easy switch because he was already used to the sippy. 

April - posted on 05/26/2009

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We gave our daughter the good tasting stuff like juice in sippy cups and only allowed her formula in bottles nothing else.

Ashley - posted on 05/26/2009

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give ur baby a bottle at nap time and at bed time. During the day give them a sippy cup. or if u want them just on sippy cups put something they dont like in the bottle and they wont drink it then give them something they do like in the sippy cup and them will want the sippy cup. but buy the non spill and soft top sippy cups.

Stevie - posted on 05/26/2009

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i think you should find a sippy at walmart or something that has a soft nipple and go from there....

Becky - posted on 05/26/2009

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hi , your baby should be still on a bottle because of the milk that he is drinking , you should put him on a sippy cup at about 12 months old .that is when my daughters starting using the sippy cup ,they were able to hold it better.

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They make a sippy cup with a soft top so that is is like a bottle, I found that is works good because my son kind of chews on it and if I use a hard top it goes everywhere. You can get them at walmart.

Vanessa - posted on 05/25/2009

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you don't have to TRAIN your child to do anything!

they do everything when they are developmentally ready.

just provide a few different cups with fresh water in it for your child to PLAY with.

Guggie - posted on 05/25/2009

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hmm I didn't know you had to train them. My daughter can drink from a bottle, cup without lid, cup with lid, sippy cup and straw. She will be 7 months June 3rd. I think if you just provide a variety of cups/bottles and let her explore that she will figure it out.

Brandy - posted on 05/25/2009

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My suggestion would be to try straw cups both of my girls never used sippy cups. they really liked the straw cups because the can sit up and don't have to tip the cup to drink.

Glendeen - posted on 05/25/2009

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This is the age I started with my daughter aswell. I had to try many different kinds of cups before she figured it out. I gave her milk in her bottle and put water in her cup. At first she just chewed on it and that was it but I just kept giving it to her everyday and let her play with it. It wasnt until 7 months when she seen my nephew drink out of his cup that she really figured out she could drink out of one too. So I bought the same ones he drank out of. Then right when she turned 10 months we took her bottle completely and only gave her a sippy cup, she liked it alot better and had more interest in it. Now at 13 months old she still drinks out of her sippy cup and we are working on drinking with a straw.

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We also started giving our son a sippy when he was around 6 months. We bought a few different kinds to see which he preferred. We ended up with the Gerber ones that have the blue silicone soft mouthpiece. One had handles and the other didn't. He didn't seem to prefer either over the other. We would just put a few ounces of water in the cup and let him play with it through out the day. I think starting him out early made it easier to transition him off his bottle at 1 year. Also, about the spilling someone mentioned earlier...we never had any problems with the Gerber sippys until they wore out after about 6 months or so. The plastic thing on the inside wouldn't stay in the hole anymore but I think that's just from repeted use and cleaning. We now use the Gerber ones with the hard mouthpiece and we also use the one with the straw (also by Gerber). LOL I don't know, I guess I just realized I'm a fan of Gerber products lol The Gerber straw cups have a notch that you line up when you screw on the top so that it doesn't spill.

Ashley - posted on 05/25/2009

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For my first son, he refused to take bottles after six months, i had no choice but to give him sippy cups. He is three and a half and has no problems (i was afraid it would affect his tooth development). Sippy cups are so much easier to take care of and last longer because you dont have to continuously replace nipples. Just be sure to get the no spill kind and the ones with handles really help smaller babies.

Kelly - posted on 05/24/2009

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I haven't had that problem with the cups in 2 years. My husband used to...but that is just because he never fully pushed the top on. lol. Again, try a variety of cups. You may find the perfect one on the first try or the 8th.

Cindy - posted on 05/24/2009

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The problem i have always had with those cups mentioned above, is the lids seem to come off fairly easily and they aren't as leakproof. With a rough and tumble 2 year old son I like keeping the liquid on the inside, and we only use those cups at dinner time at the table, otherwise he bangs on the cup to get the liquid out and makes an even bigger mess lol

Kelly - posted on 05/24/2009

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Try the cups yourself. My daughter hated her sippy cup so one day I decided to try it. It was just entirely to hard to suck liquid out of. Test any cup you buy. we finally found the 'take and toss' cups. They can be recycled or reused (we reuse them). They have no handles which made it easier for her to grasp just like she did a bottle. They also have 2 sizes/stages. the 7 oz sie which is recommended for 6 months and the 10 oz(?) size recommended for 9+ months. They sold them at the grocery store in our area

Helen - posted on 05/24/2009

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just wait until they are in the garden in just a nappy and let them play they will soon figure out what to do

Ashley - posted on 05/24/2009

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The Nuby no spill cups worked great for both of my kids. Then Gerber also makes a soft spout with handles, those are great!

Cindy - posted on 05/24/2009

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Straws are tragic haha. All my kids tried to hold the cup with the straw upright, like a bottle or a sippy cup. Honestly I never gave my kids sippy cups until they were 1 (or a slight bit older) and i don't think i ever had more problems. To me as well it was easier to do the transition when moving from formula to milk then before that. I took the top off and gave them a sip, then put the top on. It IS a transition because of how the sucking is different, and it's a little frusterating for them at first, but persistence is the key =)

Also DO try various sippy cups, my son HATED the Nuby cups and drinks from a regular playtex hard plastic cup just fine, but thats not the same for all children .

Cindy - posted on 05/24/2009

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Straws are tragic haha. All my kids tried to hold the cup with the straw upright, like a bottle or a sippy cup. Honestly I never gave my kids sippy cups until they were 1 (or a slight bit older) and i don't think i ever had more problems. To me as well it was easier to do the transition when moving from formula to milk then before that. I took the top off and gave them a sip, then put the top on. It IS a transition because of how the sucking is different, and it's a little frusterating for them at first, but persistence is the key =)

Ciska - posted on 05/24/2009

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Start by giving him a Straw. It helps him/her to suck and is also exciting for them

Cathy - posted on 05/24/2009

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The best one i found was a MagMag cup and let me tell you i tried many before this, i've recommended it to other mothers and there little ones love it. It has 3 different stages and it has the twon handles that they can hold on to.

Mel - posted on 05/24/2009

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i started mine on one from 3-4 months she loved it very much, now at 13 months she's decided she prefers the bottle. just make sure you get one that he can get the drink out easily some its very hard to do this. we take the sucker piece out so its not such a struggle

Tina - posted on 05/24/2009

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put water at first or juice that way you could show him that it is easy by taking a sip yourself. Formula wasn't so great for me! LOL!

Tina - posted on 05/24/2009

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in walmart you can find children sippy cups that are like the bottle that helps them trasition. There are some called "NUBY". they are leak proof and come in 2 styles. even the sports bottle type are good. if you can't find them I could send you a pic of one. My son loves them. they are under $2-3. Start by using it at meal times. If they use it too much to go to sleep they will never let go of it.

Tabitha - posted on 05/24/2009

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Quoting Tabitha:

I started my girls out on a cup with the handles on both sides. It makes it easier for them to hold and control. You can also try letting her sip from mommy's cup to suggest to her that a bottle isn't always best. You may have to help her with the cup for a couple days but persistence and patience is the key. She'll be drinkin from a cup and you'll be wishin she was still a baby before too long, lol.



Oops, sorry. I have three girls and no boys so my natural response is her. And as you can see this is really how I felt, even with the third one.

Tabitha - posted on 05/24/2009

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I started my girls out on a cup with the handles on both sides. It makes it easier for them to hold and control. You can also try letting her sip from mommy's cup to suggest to her that a bottle isn't always best. You may have to help her with the cup for a couple days but persistence and patience is the key. She'll be drinkin from a cup and you'll be wishin she was still a baby before too long, lol.

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